Next stop: Stuttgart
North Carolina leaders spent part of their time in Germany learning from state parliamentarians and ministers about Baden-Wurrtemberg’s economic development strategies and education priorities. The state enjoys the distinction of being the #1 region for innovation in the entire EU.
They also visited Baden-Wurrtemberg Cooperative State University (DHBW) in Stuttgart to learn about their unique dual education programs in business, engineering and social work. More than 34,000 students attend DHBW, so it’s similar in size to NC State.
Students enter the program with a contract from a local business to have three years of paid practical training while also taking their theoretical courses in a university classroom.
The group then headed to visit Festo, a pneumatic technology PLLC and didactic training center whose headquarters are in Esslingen. Festo is a world leader in flexible manufacturing equipment, as seen here in their latest robotic arm designed to mimic the mechanics of an elephants trunk.